The Santa Barbara County Probation Department operates one 24-hour maximum security juvenile hall. The Susan J. Gionfriddo Juvenile Justice Center is located in Santa Maria. This facility houses up to 140 male and female offenders. These offenders may be awaiting Juvenile Court proceedings, serving a court ordered commitment in the juvenile hall or awaiting transportation to placement. Offenders range in age from 10 through 18 and are detained for offenses that range from misdemeanors to felonies. The average length of stay is less than 30 days.
The Department operates Los Prietos Boys Camp which is located in the Los Padres National Forest. The Los Prietos program is a 24-hour minimum security facility. Los Prietos Boys Camp was established in 1944 and currently houses 52 minors.
In Santa Barbara, the Probation Department maintains the Santa Barbara Receiving and Transportation Center (RTC). The purpose of the center is to receive and assess juvenile offenders from local law enforcement agencies. Juveniles can be detained for their safety or for the safety of the community. Once specific detention criteria are met, the offender is processed at the RTC and transported to the juvenile hall in Santa Maria. The RTC serves residents who reside between Carpinteria and Goleta.
The Probation Department maintains various programs as alternatives to detention for juvenile offenders. These programs include: electronic monitoring, house arrest, home supervision, and the Alternative Detention Program and the Weekend Commitment Alternative Program.